When we started this blog it was my intention to feature gardens that inspire me. From National Botanical Gardens managed by a huge staff of professional gardeners to a little “handkerchief” garden loved by a hobby gardener, there are many gardens I know and appreciate, and each in their own way, their owners have all motivated and inspired me to take care of mine and to learn about “the art of gardening”.

But if I have to single out the one garden that inspires me the most, it is the garden of a young couple who have worked their tails off to be able to live on this magnificent property and call it their home. Not only is the garden beautiful to look at, they have also created this as a magical space for their kids to run free and enjoy plenty of space in a secure and beautiful environment. Five years ago my friend bought the property and proceeded to pull out every bit of the neglected overgrown jungle that came with the house. Fast forward five years and you see magnificent water features, forest walks, plenty of beautiful indigenous plants that attract all manner of wildlife to well planned flower beds that provide a theatre of botanical beauty in spring through summer. Nothing seems planned … and yet I think a lot of it is, but every area seems to blend into the next quite naturally. There are many different ‘garden areas’ and styles in this little paradise and it all blends well with the magnificent views.

And all credit to my friend – no landscaping companies were used, no garden designers or experts were called in to assist – this is a garden grown with care and love and an obvious natural talent for creating a magnificent oasis – and he shares all his experiences and the knowledge he’s gained with such enthusiasm and generosity that many a plant has been ripped out of the soil and been sent home with me because of an “oooh” or an “aaah” in admiration from me!

I am privileged to be able to “show off” this garden in all its Autumnal finery. I took over 100 photographs and here are my favourites.  I’ve purposely not named the photographs, lets just walk and enjoy!

Photo Gallery (you can click to enlarge the photos)

A Private Garden

A Private Garden

A Private Garden

A Private Garden

A Private Garden

A Private Garden

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

A Private Walk

To my friend that owns this piece of paradise – Thanks for allowing me to spend private time in your garden and to photograph it. Thanks also for all the chats, advice, help, your generosity, the plants and the inspiration!